So What's Next for the "Halo" Movie?

Now that Universal and Fox have broken up with Microsoft's "Halo" flick, all eyes turn towards Paramount and/or Warner Bros. -- but odds are the flick will only get made outside the studio system, or the producers will have to concede a lot of perks.

From Variety: "The U/Fox deal gave "Halo" a $128 million budget. And while Microsoft and the pic's producers aren't taking upfront fees, their collective gross is around 19%, sources said. That is significant for any film with no stars and a first-time director. It is especially daunting in the current conservative studio climate.

Speculation is that the filmmakers will either bend on budget and gross if they want a studio deal, or alternatively pursue a private financing strategy as Tom Cruise is doing with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, NVR chair Dwight Schar and Six Flags prexy-CEO Mark Shapiro.

Microsoft could even write the check, and rent distribution as Mel Gibson did with "The Passion of the Christ." The reward in success would be much greater than any studio deal would provide, but the vidgame owner would take the risk."

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Vicens17

Pas the point Vicens

Amanda was a cop the whole time.

Oct 27 - 04:02 AM

tyler8186

Tyler Peterson

um
i hope you're not talking about what i think you are

Oct 27 - 09:22 AM

FireflyFan4evr

Steven Johnson

Just do what George Lucas and Mel Gibson did, finance it themselves, then shop it around to distributors. It's not like Microsoft doesn't have the money.

Oct 27 - 11:42 AM

MPHopcroft

Michael Hopcroft

Ideally they would realize what an awful idea a Halo movie is and simply drop it. Video Games are Video Games, movies are movies, and never the twain shall meet, because every effort to make them do so has been a really horrible film.

As for Microsoft getting into the movie business themselves, the very idea is abominable.

Oct 27 - 12:32 PM

agentjames007

joe fisher

It still seems strange that Universal will give money to the $225 million dollar Bruce Almighty sequel, but won't fund the movie based on one of, if not the greatest video game franchises ever. But I guess Microsoft will just write the check. That would be the smart thing to do.

Oct 27 - 02:36 PM

Crenshaw

Bryan Winter

[b]Sorry to burst your bubble...[/b]
...but the greatest video game FRANCHISE of all time is Super Mario. And what a great movie that was! And of course there's Doom, which has a very strong recognition value, so clearly that is a much bigger franchise than Halo. And what a great movie that was! Heck, even Mortal Kombat should be considered a bigger franchise. And that was a fantastic movie! There probably won't be a Pac Man movie, but the Saturday morning cartoon show was so kickass it's still playing on Adult Swim! Go outside your circle of geeks and the only Halo people know about is the angelic kind.

Oct 30 - 08:07 AM

trejoh

Trent Johnson

If it was the smart thing to do.. wouldn't the guys at Microsoft already think of it?


I can't wait for the Zoo Tycoon movie!

:P

Oct 29 - 08:52 PM

Crenshaw

Bryan Winter

[b]Sorry to burst your bubble...[/b]
...but the greatest video game FRANCHISE of all time is Super Mario. And what a great movie that was! And of course there's Doom, which has a very strong recognition value, so clearly that is a much bigger franchise than Halo. And what a great movie that was! Heck, even Mortal Kombat should be considered a bigger franchise. And that was a fantastic movie! There probably won't be a Pac Man movie, but the Saturday morning cartoon show was so kickass it's still playing on Adult Swim! Go outside your circle of geeks and the only Halo people know about is the angelic kind.

Oct 30 - 08:07 AM

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